Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered? Jer 8: 22 NIV
Gilead was well known for “balm of Gilead” trees. The oil or resin, exuded through an orifice made in its bark, weeping out in small quantities. A plaister of gums was the prescription for healing a wound. The word “balm / balsam” (Gk) means “lord” or “chief of oils.” In Hebrew, the root meaning of “tsori” is to “run blood, bleed” (of vein).
Israel’s priests and prophets were the physicians to the nation. Repentance and righteousness were her balm for healing. Gilead was to Israel what Israel spiritually was to the whole world. Spiritual balm, God’s salvation and healing, comes only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Easton’s and Smith Bible Dictionary, Barnes’ Notes on the Bible


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